Online Program

Building inclusive communities across the u.s. through the inclusive fitness coalition

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Jim Whitehead, Ph.D., American College of Sports Medicine, Indianopolis, IN
A truly facilitating community is one in which physical activity is as accessible to people with disabilities as it is to people without disabilities. Unfortunately, many people with disabilities or caregivers who have a child or adult family member with a disability have limited access to physical activity because of the substantially greater number of barriers they experience compared to people without disabilities in accessing programs, services and support systems in their community. The Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC) was established in 2007 as a partnership between the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD). The goals of the IFC are to: 1) generate support for inclusive policies, systems and environments to support the needs of people with disabilities; 2) provide a comprehensive training initiative to educate exercise and health professionals on ways to make their programs, services and facilities more accessible to people with disabilities; and 3) use ACSM as a role model in promoting disability inclusion in health and fitness across the organization's strategic goals and initiatives. Examples of the IFC's recent successes in education and policy will be discussed including 1) creation of the Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer certificate; and 2) the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights guidance detailing school districts' legal obligations to provide students with disabilities equal access to athletics.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate support for inclusive policies, systems and environments to support the needs of people with disabilities

Keyword(s): Physical Activity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have twenty years of experience in the field. I am an advocate for physical activity and exercise, and I’ve helped develop and lead many initiatives and organizations such as the Female Athlete Triad Coalition, the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science, and the National Association for Health and Fitness. I am a frequent speaker, panelist and consultant with particular strengths in strategic planning and policy advocacy.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.